Friday, August 30, 2013

New Land Opportunity in Yolo County!

Yolo County #1461
19 acre parcel with house for lease or partnership

900 sqft, two-bedroom house - rent for house, land and machinery is $1200 per month. Property currently planted in four acres of old almond trees which are still producing.  Owners graze Katahdin sheep, a few goats, and some ducks and chickens under these trees and out in the pasture.  The pasture is a former hayfield which could benefit from reseeding. Several acres worth of drought tolerant perennial pasture seed on hand for future planting.

Soil is Tehama clay loam class 2, half flat and half gently sloping. Water supplied by 25gpm well.  Irrigation headers covering about 6-8 acres.  Water is the main limitation of site. Smooth wire electric fence on 3 sides, 8-9 electric mesh portable fences.  Property features 20x50' hoophouse with removable shade cover, tractor garage with 90hp John Deere, tiller, mower, and a disc. Also available are miscellaneous drip supplies and basic tools of all kinds.

Friday, August 23, 2013

On-Farm Food Safety Workshop

Wednesday August 28, 2013, 8:30 AM to 12 noon, Mandarin Hill Orchard, Penryn

Workshop fee: $5 per person, payable in cash at the workshop. Fee includes drinks, snacks, and materials.
Pre-registration is required. Workshop is limited to 20 people. Register at
Learn about:
·         Key practices to reduce risk of contamination on your farm
·         Important information about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and how it might affect your farm
·         What is involved in a food safety audit and who might be subject to such audits

For questions and more information, contact Cindy Fake

Grow Your Groceries Series Open House events coming up!

Soil Born Farms Grow Your Groceries farmer training course is starting its second session this October.   Divided into two tracks: “Home Gardener” and “Urban Farmer,” this course is designed to provide the new grower with the tools and knowledge necessary to produce food sustainably in small spaces.

The Urban Farmer track includes:
-          Fourteen classes on production skills, business topics and logistics
-          Three educational visits to local organic farms
-          Sixteen hands-on field hours
-          One-on-one technical assistance on production, marketing, business, and legal issues

The Home Gardener course consists of eleven seasonally-aligned classes offered October through August 2014 to support home, school and community gardeners in producing abundant produce all year long.

We’re holding two FREE Open House events about this course on

Saturday, September 7, 11am-1pm
Wednesday, September 11, 6pm-8pm

Or email for more information!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

GROW YOUR OWN BUSINESS class series!!!

Meet with local restaurant and supermarket owners and learn how to appeal to their needs and increase your business. 

Each session will cover different aspects of business operations and will include an experienced grower that will share their expertise in farming. Participants will receive a stipend of $250 along with a wealth of resources and information about business operations and will be given on-going Technical Assistant. 

Class Schedule: 
May 30, 2013 
June 27, 2013 
July 25, 2013 
August 29, 2013 
September 27, 2013 
5:00 pm—7:00 pm 

Classes will be held at: 
5709 Stockton Blvd 
Sacramento, CA 95824 

Thyan Pham | Executive Assistant 
5709 Stockton Blvd | Sacramento, CA 95824 

Ph: 916-454-1892 | Email:

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Land Opportunity in San Joaquin County!

San Joaquin County #1459
This property is currently used as a 700+ cow dairy farm. Property is 270 acres with 4 irrigation wells and 3 domestic wells.  Property is currently sitting idle with permits still valid. Property could be converted into vineyard or trees as well as row crop. Dairy has 28 milk machines parallel milk barn with a 5,000 gallon Muluer milk tank. 4 bay commodity barn, 400 ton hay barn, free stalls for 700 cows, 2 big shops, 3 lagoons, and 9 homes for workers three of which are very nice homes. Rent on homes vary from $500 to $2,500. Owners are retiring from dairy and would like to sell or lease the property.

New Land Opportunity in Stanislaus County!

Stanislaus County #1458 
35 acres for lease in Modesto. Currently producing apples, pluots, and cherries. Flood irrigation supplied by Turlock irrigation district. Property features Metal 50 x100ft building, cold storage, residence, horse corrals, and storage buildings. Possible rental of tractors, orchard sprayers, shredder, and mowers could be arranged.

New Land Opportunity in Solano County!

Solano County #1457 
132 acre farm for lease and potential cooperative marketing opportunity. The place is large enough and visible enough to have something like a regional farmers' swap meet, farm stand or open to suggestions/proposals. Owner has half a century of experience and education in growing both plants and animals. Open to cooperative models (such as putting hours for the store/stand and selling all associates' products till there is enough business to hire employees). 
Land is fenced. 2 mobile homes onsite. There is a well with above 300 gpm flow but no irrigation infrastructure.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Work at Say Hay Farms in Woodland, California!

Say Hay Farms is a 20-acre CCOF certified organic farm based in Woodland, Yolo County, CA that produces high-quality eggs and vegetables in an ecologically-minded manner.  We direct market our produce and eggs through Bay Area farmers’ markets, our CSA, restaurants, and a network of local food purveyors. 

We are accepting applications for both full and part time, year round and seasonal positions.  The work may include raising and caring for hens, collecting and washing eggs, planting, weeding, harvesting, irrigating, washing, sorting, packing, truck driving, deliveries, and occasional selling at farmers’ markets.

The work is tough and often repetitive.  The hours can be long.  But the challenges can be rewarding.  We have a great small team that knows how to be positive and co-ordinate with each other to solve problems and think creatively while enjoying a robust sense of humor and camaraderie.
Some farm experience preferred. Local applicants prioritized. Reliable transportation necessary. Compensation DOE.
To apply, email your resume to with a brief answer to the question: What do you hope to get from your experience working on a small organic farm like Say Hay Farms?

Friday, August 2, 2013

Come check out what Soil Born Farm's Grow Your Groceries series has to offer!

Grow Your Groceries Series Urban Farming Initiative
Open House & Orientation

Saturday, Sept. 7 • 11am to 1pm
Wednesday, Sept. 11 • 6 to 8pm
American River Ranch • Free
• Learn about what the GYG program has to offer
• Take an introductory mini soil class with Soil Born Farms
Founder and Director Shawn Harrison
• Tour the farm
• Meet current students
• Take home seeds and growing resources
• Enjoy farm fresh appetizers

Grow Your Groceries Two-Day Intensive
Saturday and Sunday, Oct 5–6 • 9am to 4pm
American River Ranch • $150

Gain practical, hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge on the basics of running an organic, hand-scale fruit and vegetable operation. Topics include soil science and fertility building, crop planning, pest management, plant propagation, irrigation & more!

Soil Born Farms’ Grow Your Groceries is a beginning farmer training program designed to provide
knowledge and hands-on experience to the aspiring urban grower. Our instructors are experienced
masters of organic agriculture and experts in farm entrepreneurship.

Through this course, you’ll take classes on sustainable
horticultural practices to maximize small growing
areas, as well as the business and logistical topics
needed to start a growing operation. You’ll also have
the opportunity to learn first-hand from local organic
farmers, on monthly educational farm visits to area
farms, and during the field hours working alongside
the farmers at Soil Born Farms.

Farm Hack Davis

Come meet up for beers and conversation with fellow farmers and tinkerers at Plainfield Station outside of Davis!

Sunday, August 4, 4–6 P.M., Plainfield Station
Farm Hack is happening in California! The Farm Hack Davis topic is starting to take shape around beginning farmers, equipment, and local infrastructure for the production and consumption of staple foods. We need your input. Come hang out with your farmer neighbors and meet some of the tinkerers, recyclers, mechanics, and engineers that have an interest in farming and food. We’re looking for folks who have problems to solve, inventions on the back burner, or tools to tweak, who want to share ideas with each other, and other skilled craftspeople to see what comes out if it.
We had a great first meet up last weekend and are looking forward to diving further into conversation about some of the farming needs in the area.  
We’ll be hosting informal meet-ups all summer to prepare for the event on November 16-17, 2013. Save the date!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

New Land Opportunities in Merced County!

Merced County #1455

Partnership on 185 acre grass fed, direct marketing, beef operation. Retired owners started operation 6 years ago and are looking for a partner who can take over later on and possibly lease the land. Property sits on a slope toward the Central Valley at 1800 feet elevation, features oak forest with meadows interspersed, the land is very steep in some places. Water is supplied by 2 wells and 2 springs. There are many parcels for lease all around from 40 acres on up to 80 and more. Structures include haybarn, horsebarn, cow sheds, corral, travel trailer and bunk house. Owners live on-site and possible living arrangements available in trailer.

Merced County #1456

50 acre parcel for lease or partnership. Landowner would like to grow 2 acres in Lavender and hopes to find a farmer willing to care for the Lavender in exchange for reduced rent or a straight partnership. There are two commercial wells on the property, no MID water is available however the neighbor may be willing to negotiate the use of his well water for the price of the electricity. Potential housing for additional rent.